Pride Parade was part celebration, part protest

Photos by Maria Rocha-Buschel

By Maria Rocha-Buschel

The annual Pride Parade marched down Fifth Avenue from 36th Street down to the West Village at the end of last month, with the event doubling as a protest against the Trump administration.

Although the organization also had its usual presence as a group later in the parade, the American Civil Liberties Union’s appearance as one of the grand marshals at the very beginning set the tone early as representatives carried “Resist” signs, which appeared throughout the march from various other participants and groups.

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Art festival will focus on race

An artist participating in the upcoming Art in Odd Places festival, Walis Johnson, will have a mobile installation along 14th Street detailing how people of color faced discrimination in Stuyvesant Town and other areas. (Pictured) Some of the artifacts that go along with stories she’s collected by doing interviews (Photo courtesy of Walis Johnson)

An artist participating in the upcoming Art in Odd Places festival, Walis Johnson, will have a mobile installation along 14th Street detailing how people of color faced discrimination in Stuyvesant Town and other areas. (Pictured) Some of the artifacts that go along with stories she’s collected by doing interviews (Photo courtesy of Walis Johnson)

By Sabina Mollot

There’s no question that race is the most widely covered topic this year in the news, whether the word’s in reference to the upcoming presidential election or race as in skin color, with recent protests stemming from the Black Lives Matter movement. So it shouldn’t come as a surprise that it’s the theme chosen for artists to run with in what is sure to be a politically charged Art in Odd Places festival.

The annual art show, which features both visual and performance art pieces along the length of 14th Street for a few days, is set to run this year from October 6-9.

This year there will be 34 artists, most of them with works that are performance based. The event was founded by teaching artist Ed Woodham, and this year there are four curators: Elissa Blount-Moorhead, Rylee Eterginoso, Tumelo Mosaka and Ikechukwu Onyewuenyi.

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Opinion: On the matter of black lives

By Rev. Dr. Jacqui Lewis
Senior Minister, Middle Collegiate Church

A man’s body is slammed against a car, he is wrestled to the ground, face smashed into pavement. My head hurts, watching, feeling the rub of the asphalt. I have been here before. The familiar sense of suffocation. Hard to breathe with your face in the concrete. Subdued, they are sitting on him, on me. He is tased. I am tased. I am shot. In the chest. I can’t breathe. I’m shot in the back, it is on fire. I am lying there, I use my hand to reach up to touch the bleeding space. I am dying. I am dead.

He is dead. We are dead. Reciting from our graves the names of the all-too-many killed at the hands of the state or by those who know the state will exonerate them.

A little girl sits in the back seat, her mother is praying over and over again, “Please Jesus, don’t let them have killed my boyfriend.” He is bleeding, slumped over, a pulpy mess where his arm should be. She watches, she listens, and we see what she sees, hear what she hears. There is a policeman holding a gun in the window, pointing at him, who is moaning. Mommy is talking into the phone, making a video. She has to get Mommy’s purse. Now we are in the police car. Mommy is crying, she is losing it. I am afraid, but I think she is more. I tell Mommy, “I am right here with you.”

The man is dead, they killed her childhood.

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Opinion: Shall we overcome?

By former Assemblyman Steven Sanders

I had planned a different column for this week…but that will have to wait.

The horrific events of last week in St. Paul, Minnesota, Baton Rouge, Louisiana and Dallas, Texas have cast a pall over the American spirit and should cause us all to take a deep breath and think long and hard about race and bigotry in this country, past, present and future. In St. Paul and Baton Rouge, two more young black men lost their lives to trigger happy police officers, otherwise sworn to preserve and protect their citizens. This scene has tragically repeated itself in dozens of American cities over recent years. In Dallas, a young black man seemingly decided to vent his fury against white police officers by ambushing them during a protest gathering and killing five.

In the days that have followed, some politicians called for calm and reflection. Others dismissed or failed to understand the meaning of the “Black Lives Matters” rallies. One politician even declared that the murders in Dallas was war on white people and inferred violence against President Obama! Still others assigned blame to all police officers for the crimes of a few.

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Police Watch: Protesters arrested, One protester assaulted

Police arrested almost 60 people throughout the 13th precinct in connection with the Freddie Gray protests in and around Union Square last Wednesday evening.
Arrests took place at various intersections and streets throughout the precinct, including Broadway and East 17th Street, Broadway and East 20th Street, Park Avenue South and East 23rd Street, Union Square West, West 26th Street, Fifth Avenue and Sixth Avenue and West 24th Street from 6:30 p.m. through 10 p.m. The 57 people arrested were charged with at least one count of disorderly conduct and many were charged with two counts. Police said that they gave multiple orders for the crowds to disperse and for protesters to stop blocking vehicle traffic on the street, and those who allegedly refused were arrested.
Two of the people arrested were also charged with assault.
Khalil Vasquez, 24, was arrested at East 20th Street and Broadway at 8:15 p.m. He allegedly refused Sergeant McCarrer’s orders to return to the sidewalk and police said that he punched the sergeant in the head. Vasquez was charged with assault, resisting arrest and two counts of disorderly conduct.
Amador Rivas, 58, was arrested at East 17th Street and Broadway at 6:30 p.m. and was charged with assaulting a peace officer, resisting arrest and three counts of disorderly conduct.

Police arrested 49-year-old Savario Pugliese for assault and criminal mischief at the corner of Seventh Avenue and West 21st Street last Wednesday at 9:17 p.m. The victim told police that she was walking north on Seventh Avenue when an argument occurred between her and Pugliese. She told police that she put her camera in front of Pugliese’s face, trying to take a picture of him, when he allegedly shoved it back into her face, causing redness on her nose and causing the camera to fall to the ground, cracking the screen.

Seventeen-year-old Erick Oleaga was arrested inside the 13th Precinct last Monday at 2:30 p.m. for petit larceny. Police said that Oleaga shoplifted from multiple Duane Reade locations in the last month, including the store at 71 West 23rd Street on April 6 and March 27, 873 Broadway on March 29 and April 14, and 401 Park Avenue South on March 29 and April 11.

Police arrested 25-year-old Luke Terry at the 13th precinct last Tuesday at 1 a.m. for burglary. Police said that Terry broke into the victim’s apartment without permission and removed a credit card, ID card and iPad. Terry was also charged with possession of stolen property.

Eighteen-year-old Dominque Etheridge was arrested for assault last Tuesday at 9:55 a.m. Etheridge allegedly punched and kicked the victim inside a school bathroom on March 16, causing contusions and bruises to the victim’s face and body. Another person was arrested previously in connection with this incident.

Police arrested 58-year-old Mark Alexander for a violation of New York State laws at the corner of Second Avenue and East 29th Street last Tuesday at 10:24 a.m. Alexander was allegedly drinking an open container of alcohol (a 200 ml bottle of Georgi Vodka) in open view to the public on the sidewalk.
In a separate incident, police arrested 61-year-old Marvin Hill at the corner of Lexington Avenue and East 28th Street last Wednesday at 3:21 p.m. Hill was allegedly holding an open 24-ounce Steel Reserve beer can in open view to the public.

Billy Ramirez, 62, was arrested for possession of a hypodermic instrument and possession of a controlled substance last Tuesday at 2:05 p.m. in front of 350 East 30th Street. Captain Brendan Timoney informed Police Officer Michael Migliore that Ramirez was seen with a loaded hypodermic needle on a public sidewalk and Ramirez is not a diabetic. After Ramirez was searched by Department of Homeless Services police, he was allegedly found in possession of two hypodermic needles with alleged heroin residue, as well as a pill container with no label containing a red liquid that smelled like fruit punch and was known to be methadone.

Police arrested 31-year-old Adrian Holliday for assault in front of 46 Madison Avenue last Tuesday at 3:10 p.m. Police said that Holliday punched the victim in the face, breaking his nose.

Ace Sharma, 26, was arrested for a violation of health code in front of the Strauss Houses at 224 East 28th Street last Wednesday at 2:49 a.m. Sharma was in front of the NYCHA building and was allegedly urinating on the sidewalk. Police said that he had no identification on him when he was stopped.

Nancy Johnson, 54, was arrested for assault inside the Mount Sinai Beth Israel Medical Center 281 First Avenue last Thursday at 6:42 a.m. Police said that Johnson bit an employee in the left bicep while he was restraining her and trying to prevent her from leaving the hospital.

Police arrested 42-year-old Michael Sewell for assault of a peace officer in front of 127 West 27th Street last Thursday at 10:18 p.m. Sewell was being treated as an aided case when he allegedly jumped on the EMS worker and attacked him, causing cuts and pain to the victim’s left elbow and right shin.

Police arrested 39-year-old Diamond Dabo for assault at the corner of Broadway and West 25th Street last Thursday at 2:35 p.m. The victim told police that he was eating lunch at Country Hill when he saw a van trying to park in front of his bike. The vehicle was having trouble getting into the spot because the bike was in the way.
The victim came out of the restaurant and got frustrated with Dabo, the driver, and said, “I’m just trying to have my lunch.” He told police that he and Dabo then got into an argument and Dabo allegedly punched him in the head, causing injuries to his forehead.

Twenty-year-old Dewayne Tripp was arrested for grand larceny and criminal mischief at the corner of Sixth Avenue and West 21st Street last Friday at 1:47 a.m. Tripp was in a cab with the victim when they got into an argument and while they were fighting, Tripp allegedly grabbed the victim’s cell phone and left the cab, attempting to run south on Sixth Avenue. Police said that Tripp then threw the phone to the ground and attempted to get into a second cab before he was stopped by police. The phone was recovered and it was found to be damaged.

Thirty-year-old Charles Haynes was arrested for assault last Saturday at 3:08 a.m. in front of 150 East 27th Street. Haynes got into an argument with the victim and allegedly punched him in the face, causing swelling and a cut near the victim’s right eye.